Reddish Vale - Cheshire - England

Reddish Vale Golf Club,
Southcliffe Road,
SK5 7EE,

  • +44 (0) 161 480 2359

  • Golf Club Website

  • 9 miles SE of Manchester city centre

  • Welcome weekdays, except Wednesdays

An Alister MacKenzie course that was designed in 1912, Reddish Vale Golf Club is a very pleasant moorland track laid out on the banks of the River Tame, close to the M60 on the outskirts of Manchester. The river meanders, largely unseen, alongside several of the holes on the layout without ever impinging on play and this body of water adds charm to the setting.

The location is so suited to golf that the master architect had stated in his original site report that, “I was very much impressed with the possibilities of the ground available for the Reddish Vale Golf Club. Taking into consideration the excellence of the turf and the natural surroundings, the course will be an exceptionally accessible one.”

Playing to a par of 69, the course is configured in a somewhat unconventional manner with four of the five par threes on the scorecard played during the front nine. Another quirky, century-old feature that has been retained is the criss-crossing of fairways at holes 16 and 17, a case of routing the holes to best fit the land available.

The toughest hole at Reddish Vale is the long par four 13th, named “Copse,” and it’s considered to be one of the best in the county of Cheshire. Measuring all of 456 yards from the back tees, the slightly left doglegged fairway narrows considerably to a punchbowl green that’s surrounded by trees.

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Description: An Alister MacKenzie course that was designed in 1912, Reddish Vale Golf Club is a very pleasant moorland track laid out on the banks of the River Tame... Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 3
Ed Battye

The golf course at Reddish Vale is one I would advise anybody to play. Not only is it one of the best value venues in the North West it is also one of the most interesting and entertaining.

Exciting terrain, great turf and some magnificent green locations place this course a clear level above most of its many neighbours in the Manchester suburbs and produces a round of golf that has several thrills and spills along the way.

The yardage is a modest 6,086 but the par of 69 has an SSS of 70 and with lots of natural hazards, including the River Tame, it is certainly no pushover. But a round here, on a course that lies third in seniority of all those built by the great Dr. Alister Mackenzie behind only Alwoodley and Moortown, is not so much about the score but the value of shots that must be played.

In particular the approaches into the greens are of a very high quality. All five of the short holes ask the golfer a different question. The second hole must be played over a ravine to a massive green whilst the penalty for missing the fourth to the left and the 12th to the right are severe. The 240-yard sixth is the longest of the quintet and drops 70-feet but the shortest, the fantastic 137-yard ninth, climbs to a green that feeds in from the right. As a collection they are nothing short of excellent.

Like many courses I see nowadays the amount of trees, overgrowth and vegetation at Reddish Vale kills a lot of the strategy and playability. The river that winds through the course is virtually hidden from sight and this takes away from much of the drama that could be had. Holes such as the sixth, seventh, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th are not nearly as intimidating, nor thought-provoking, as they could be, and probably were a century ago.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

March 23, 2017
4 / 6
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Alex Jerman
Played the course today at a bargain price on the 2 fore 1, with beautiful sunshine on a mid November day. We were blown away by this beautiful course, which was extremely dry, with the greens in good condition for the time of year. If youre a fan of classic course design you will love it, will definitely be back, the course is a real gem. Forget the rubbish about council estates etc. This is a non pretensious golf fans paradise, I challenge you not to enjoy it.
November 17, 2011
5 / 6
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Brad Naylor
I’ve played Reddish Vale a few times now and I share the opinion held by connoisseurs that it is the finest of the numerous courses located to the south of Manchester. Give it a try and see for yourself; do not be put off by the oft-heard complaint locally that it is ‘too tough’ or by the non-too salubrious approach to the club through a 1930’s council estate!The site occupied by Reddish Vale is a revelation when you consider that it lies within the M60 ring road and is less than a mile from Stockport town centre. The River Tame cuts a deep valley through wooded hills as it meanders towards its confluence with the Goyt to become the Mersey, leaving in its wake a fast-draining and undulating terrain; perfect for golf! 100 years ago the legendary Dr Alister MacKenzie (later of Augusta fame) took full advantage of this beautiful location and laid out a typically charming, deceptive, and challenging course.The first five holes occupy high ground above the valley and provide a tricky introduction to the round. Beware particularly the short 4th; a narrow green flanked by a bunkered hill on the right and out of bounds immediately to the left. With the wind in your face attacking the pin can easily result in a destroyed card even before the day has properly begun.At the 6th the routing plunges down into the Vale with an epic 240 yard drop shot to a well-bunkered green nestling by the river bank. By now you will be well and truly hooked on Reddish Vale!Over the river the course flows back and forth over undulating former meadowland surrounded by woods with the river a constant companion, giving the feeling that one is deep in rural Cheshire, rather than within an industrial conurbation. Only the odd apartment block peeking over the trees belies our true location. This really is an idyllic spot.The golf is superb, too. Typically cunning MacKenzie tee and green placements test the golfer to the limit without requiring prodigious distance off the tee. The long par four 13th is the toughest hole by far – indeed there are not many tougher golf holes anywhere! A decent drive is required if one is even going to have the option of reaching the tiny green with the second shot, hidden as it is behind a sloping ridge with all manner of hazards surrounding. Even laying up leaves an awkward pitch, and the devilish contours of the green mean that a five will be gratefully seized by virtually all.The home stretch from the 14th to the 17th provide some of the most delightful golf you will find in the north of England, and provided your drives don’t find the omnipresent river good scoring should be possible.Which brings us to the legendary 18th hole......if this came in the middle of the round it would attract the comment that it is ‘a bit of a climb’ and be passed over. Coming as it does at the culmination of a tough 3 or 4 hours it can be a real spirit-sapper! After a 200 yard drive over a flat fairway the ground rises precipitously to a green in its own little hanging valley only 150 yards distant but 150ft above one’s head. Club selection is the puzzler here; anything between an 8 iron and a 5 wood would be appropriate...All in all I can’t recommend Reddish Vale enough for those wanting challenging golf in idyllic surroundings. The condition of the course has always been excellent when I’ve played it with some of the best greens around.
July 10, 2011
6 / 6
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July 10, 2011
This is a nice review. I've not played Reddish Vale, but this review is so obviously written by a club member. I just wish they wouldn't be quite so obsequious about their home clubs!
Bryan Rendell
August 31, 2013
I am a member of Reddish Vale and to all doubters of past reviews and opinions, I suggest you refer to for an unbiased view of a great Alister MacKenzie golf course. You will learn of its virtues as well as the quirks and the advice that it is possible to improve its present status to one that will be put Reddish Vale into the category that lists the greatest of MacKenzie's course the world over.
Marty B
September 07, 2013
Let's get some perspective on this. Reddish Vale is a good course but not a 6-ball rating. Top ratings only exist at a few courses, Sunningdale, Royal Dornoch, Carnoustie to name a few but not here. Yes i would encourage golfers to play but the rating is 4-ball tops.